During a recent visit to the Port of Duqm, Oman, US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) carried out a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR).
The eight-day port visit concluded on September 6 and allowed the crew and contractors to conduct vital repairs and maintenance as well as give sailors constructive time away from the ship.
“The purpose of Pinckney’s port visit to Al Duqm was two-fold,” said Cmdr. Frank Walter, commanding officer of Pinckney. “When a ship is underway for a long period of time there will inevitably be repairs that need to be accomplished that cannot be done underway. Our visit to Duqm was also an opportunity to experience the culture of Oman and to establish America’s relationship with one of the most important countries of the region.”
Duqm is strategically located near the Strait of Hormuz, a key naval chokepoint. The Navy’s interest and investment in Duqm is helping to contribute to regional stability.
“Our visit to Al Duqm ensured that Pinckney will be able to carry out helicopter search and rescue missions safely, counter-piracy efforts and ensure the main engines are in top condition,” said Walter. “This MDVR ensured that Pinckney is ‘Ready to Go, Trained to Fight, Proud to Serve’ towards any mission that is asked of this ship. The critical repairs accomplished in Duqm made sure that we are able to serve proudly and come home safely.”
Port facilities and services in Duqm have expanded in recent years offering US naval warships deployed in the 5th Fleet area of operations, a wider range of maintenance and logistics capabilities.
“The city of Duqm is still growing,” said Walter. “But despite its small size, the local people showed Pinckney sailors the true spirit of Oman.”